Maureen Holloway

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Maureen Holloway
MediumTelevision
Radio
Internet
NationalityCanadian
GenresTopical comedy
Political satire
Observational comedy
Wit
Word play
SpouseJohn
Notable works and roleseNow
Canada AM
The Dish Show
Flick
The Last Word

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Maureen Holloway is a Canadian radio personality, entertainer and comedian who is best known for her radio segments The Last Word. Until September 1, 2014, Holloway used to broadcast live, weekday mornings, in consecutive segments with the hosts of Canadian morning shows in various cities.[1][2]

Since January 9, 2017, Holloway co-hosts mornings on CHFI-FM in Toronto.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Holloway is the mother of two sons named Aidan and Ronan. She is completing a master's degree in culture and communication at Ryerson University.[2][4] She is the sister of the political activist and entrepreneur Kate Holloway. As a breast cancer survivor, she frequently speaks openly and positively about her life experiences after being diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2005. After completing treatments is she is now[when?] cancer free.[5]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Holloway has had an over thirty-year career[when?] in radio, starting as a boat and traffic reporter for CKFM-FM in Toronto. She later became the host of the daily spoken word program Entertainment Toronto, and then an afternoon and then morning co-host on CKFM. In 2000, she left CKFM for Corus Entertainment, and began hosting her well-known nationally broadcast, The Last Word radio segments, where she would read Hollywood gossip and entertainment news from the Internet. These were broadcast live on weekday mornings in consecutive segments across Canada. During her segment she was featured with hosts of some of Canada's biggest morning shows. These stations included:[6]

  • Halifax - B.J. and the Q Morning Crew on Q104
  • Montreal- Q-Mornings with Aaron Rand on 925 the Q
  • Toronto - Derringer In The Morning on Q107
  • Hamilton - The Ben & Kerry Show at Y108
  • Woodstock - McArthur In The Morning on 1039 FM
  • Winnipeg - Morning show on Power 97
  • Winnipeg - Hal Anderson in the morning on CJOB-68
  • Edmonton - Dani Rohs and Pat Staron at 92.5 Fresh FM
  • Calgary - Q107
  • Vancouver - Brother Jake at Rock 101

Because of spending more time as a co-host with Derringer in the Morning, Holloway announced that The Last Word would cease syndication and move to a Toronto-only feature in September 2014. After the departure of Kim Mitchell from afternoons on Q107 in Toronto in fall 2015, Holloway left the morning drivetime show and moved to Mitchell's former time slot to begin hosting The Mo Show. In November 2016, Holloway announced her departure from the station, and later announced that she would be replacing Erin Davis on the morning show on CHFI-FM in January 2017.

Television[edit]

Holloway has also made appearances on television including hosting the Gemini-nominated The Dish Show on The Comedy Network. She has also reviewed video releases for Flick on the Life Network and provided gossip segments to the Canada AM and eNow programs.[6]

Internet[edit]

In addition to her radio work, she writes a weekday blog that appears on her radio stations' web sites that is called "More Mo". The blog entries are a whimsical look at events that happen to her in her daily life with an emphasis on humour and exaggeration.[6]

Charity work, awards and honours[edit]

Holloway is also known for her charity work.[7] She was honorary chair of "The Longest Lunch", an event to raise money for the Breast Centre at Women's College Hospital.[8] She was the master of ceremonies at the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation's "Urban Angel Golf Classic" that helps raise money for patient, trauma and critical care.[9] She is also involved with "Get Wiggy With It", a program that raises money for the Wig Salon Patient Assistance Fund, at The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation to help cancer patients cope with hair loss while undergoing treatment.[7][10]

For several years, Holloway participated in the Princess Margaret Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day, a bicycle ride of over 200 kilometres (120 mi) between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Along with her family and friends, she raised the profile of the event and also raised tens of thousands of dollars in funds for cancer research. The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret is Canada's single largest sporting fundraiser.[citation needed]

In 2006, she won the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award for Humour.[2]

References[edit]

  1. "March Fundraiser Event Gives Girls a FRESH STart" (PDF). Developing News. Child Development Institute. Spring 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tedesco, Antoine (July 4, 2007). "One of the boys". London Free Press. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2009 – via Jobboom. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Darren & Mo on 98.1 CHFI
  4. Scrivener, Leslie (July 18, 2009). "Radio personalities know their station". The Star. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  5. Noik-Bent, Sherry (October 2008). "Breast cancer? You're Joking". Canadian Living. Retrieved 20 November 2009.[dead link]
    - "Surviving Cancer And Living Well". Surviving Cancer and Living Well Conference. Canadian Cancer Society. April 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "MoreMo". Corus Radio. 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Maureen's Charities". Q107. Corus Radio. Archived from the original on 29 November 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Over 1,000 Participate to make the longest Lunch a great success!". The Longest Lunch. Women's College Hospital Foundation. September 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009.[dead link]
  9. Engel, Amoryn (September 12, 2009). "Hole-in-one for hospital". Financial Post. Retrieved 22 November 2009.[dead link]
  10. "Get Wiggy With It". The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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